Wundt, Avenarius, and Scientific Psychology

A Debate at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Authors: Russo Krauss, Chiara

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  • Fills in an important and as-yet-untold part of the story of the break between Wundt and former Wundtian psychologists
  • Places Wundt's rise and fall within relevant historical and interpersonal context
  • Reconstructs Wundt's career, systems of thought, and relationships with his contemporaries for a comprehensive analysis
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This book reconstructs the rise and fall of Wilhelm Wundt’s fortunes, focusing for the first time on the role of Richard Avenarius as catalyst for the so-called “positivist repudiation of Wundt.” Krauss specifically looks at the progressive disavowal of Wundtian ideas in the world of scientific psychology, and especially by his former pupils.

This book provides important historical context and a critical discussion of the current state of research, in addition to a detailed consideration of Wundt’s and Avenarius’ systems of thought, as well as on their personal relationship. The author outlines the reception of Avenarius’ conceptions among Wundt’s pupils, such as Külpe, Münsterberg and Titchener, and among other psychologists of the time, such as Ward, James and Ebbinghaus. Finally, this book presents Wundt’s two-fold attempt to respond to the new trend through a criticism of the “materialistic” psychology, and a reformulation of his own ideas.

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Chiara Russo Krauss, Ph.D., is researcher at the University of Naples “Federico II," where she teaches history of philosophy. Her field of expertise is German philosophy of the late 19th century, with a focus on the problems arising from the development of modern sciences. She published studies on Wilhelm von Humboldt, Neo-Kantianism, Oswald Külpe, Wilhelm Wundt, and Richard Avenarius.



   

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wundt, Avenarius, and Scientific Psychology
Book Subtitle
A Debate at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-12637-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-12637-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-12636-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 151
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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